In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind a life of full of pain. Boarding a coach to London, all Ayesha wants is a fresh start. Hayden, a former popstar, has kept himself hidden away for years. He's only opened up his home to two people - Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered retiree with a soft spot for waifs and strays.
When Crystal asks Hayden if Ayesha and Sabina can stay with them, he reluctantly agrees and, as different as they may be, they quickly form an unlikely bond. So when enemies threaten their peaceful home, they will do all they can to save it and each other.
Uplifting and emotional, this is a novel of new beginnings, of discovering love and of finding A Place to Call Home.
©2014 Carole Matthews (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
"The perfect escape" (Woman)
"Simply brilliant" (Closer)
"Witty, funny and incredibly touching, this is perfect for lifting the spirits" (Heat)
"Matthews is one of the few writers who can rival Marian Keyes gift for telling heart -warming tales with buckets of charm and laughs" (Daily Record)
As an audio book...only if they need to practice listening to a monotonous narrator with an Indian accent and all this without falling asleep; otherwise I'd recommend actually reading the book - not listening to it - as it is a nice and touching story. It does get a bit boring at times and the narrator makes even the happy scenes sound depressing. Very unilateral sound and speed.
Sure - with a different narrator.
I definitely recommend listening to to the preview. I'm almost sure that this audiobook is an 'either you like it - or not' - book. At one point I changed the speed of the narration and it still was surprisingly slow. On the other side I did want to know how the story would continue, which kept me listening till the end. The ending itself went by rather quickly (felt like 10 or 20 minutes...?) considering that the main part took hours of reading/listening.
This audiobook ranks highly among the many books I have listened to. The storyline was enhanced by the exceptional reading of the narrator who switched between dialects with supreme ease that made the story 'real' and brought it 'alive'.
The narrator captured ones interest in the story right from the beginning of the first chapter as she described Ayesha and her daughters escape from a life of pain. I thought I could actually hear Ayesha's heart thumping!!
In the first chapter the hushed tone Rita used as she described their escape made me believe i was there watching & listening for the creak of the stair board. Rita's change between characters also made each of them real.
Would never want to belittle the exceptional writing of the author by renaming her book.
Ive looked to see if the author has any other audible books....but alas...no.
Great book Carole Matthews...with love..!!
"Great story - very well read"
This is a modern, heart warming story of a woman on the run from her abusive husband. Ayesha and her daughter, Sabina, find refuge with a wonderful group of people, all living under the roof of Hayden Daniels, a retired pop star. Each of the characters comes to the house with their own problems and together they support and help each other.
What I liked about this book it is different to other books I have read. I can't think of anything else to compare it to. The character of Ayesha is unusual and has different values to many modern British born heroines. I found the originality of this book refreshing.
No, I haven't come across Rita Sharma before but I was very impressed with her reading of this book. Rita Sharma is perfect as the voice of quiet, gentle Ayesha, who is originally from Sri Lanka, equally good as bubbly dancer, Crystal and also as the voice of Joy an older embittered widow.
It made me both laugh and cry. Throughout the book there is a build up of tension I found myself really caring about the characters and wanting things to go well for them.
An uplifting, life affirming book.
"Can't Stop Listening - Great Book"
This is another of those books that once I started listening I was immersed in the story and have not switched it off all day.
I am still listening to it but so far I loved the bit where she was welcomed into her new home by Crystal who is a great character with a big heart.
I am loving the narrator in this story. The story comes alive with the lovely softly spoken narration of a heart rending story.
The very start gripped me when she had to get up in the middle of the night to leave home with her daughter who had not spoken due to witnessing the abuse of her mother by her father over a long period of time and the fact that the mum had taken some time to collect money from her husband's wallet to get herself and her daughter free this abusive home.
Give this book a try - I cannot stop listening.
Too sweet and saccharine by half. The narrators voice was whispered and breathless...very annoying. I didn't even need it finish it but the ex husband angle lured me in
"5 stars across the board!"
The narrator was fantastic, her range of accent was brilliant! She held your interest and the story itself was enough to keep you going
I can't pinpoint one particular moment, there were a lot of highlights but I don't want to give too much away!
Her ability to switch & change her accents was amazing, it kept you going and held your interest.
A woman and her child make their journey to freedom (cheese alert!)
A recommended read, another good one from Carole Matthews!
"A thoroughly enjoyable story"
This book was very engrossing and kept me absorbed all the way through. The characters were very well written.
"Narrator was good with the female voices but..."
not so great with the masculine voices. Her narrative voice forthe lead male character made me cringe. Sorry, I just didn't like it as much as some of the other people who have read it.
Story was predictable and a bit saccharine.
The narration of the main character's voice was great.
"Brilliant story and narration"
This is probably the best of the Carole Matthews storylines that I have read or heard so far - all of which I have enjoyed. The plot is about a Sri Lankan woman fleeing with her mute daughter from an abusive marriage. The narration by Rita Sharma is brilliant which adds to the overall excellent rating. Highly recommend.
"I absolutely loved this book its amazing"
How wonderful is it to see someone with such pain come out of the end of the tunnel even stronger than before and we experience that through Aisha and Hayden and Crystal and Joy
"Lovely moving story"
This was a lovely book well written and taken from the respective of the main characters. Emily and joyful and very easy to warm to eat carrots return. Definitely a good drink
"Way Too Schmaltzy"
My first foray into books by this author and on the basis of this one it will most likely be my last
Average at best
Oh dear don't tempt me, it was way to predictable and and the characters lacked depth.
The content had great potential but it was not given enough time to develope and engage. For people who enjoy very light reading this book would be enjoyable, it was just way too light weight for me. I do enjoy enjoy sun lounger books and chic lit but I just could not connect fully with this offering.
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